Remember “Fit at 40” – my quest to lose three stone and run three races of 10km or above before my 40th birthday? I got there, although a succession of running-related injuries put pay to some of my good intentions for 2013 but there’s plenty of two-wheeled exercise still taking place (I even broke Rule 42 and completed a sprint triathlon last year).
This year I have three personal challenges planned on the bike that will all stretch me in different ways:
- In June, I’m joining a group of friends who are cycling from London to Paris and raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart foundation. That’s about 270km in 3 days.
- If that wasn’t challenging enough, in July, I’m joining a team of riders from Fujitsu, cycling from Wakefield to Manchester, including part of the Tour de France route and including the fearsome Holme Moss climb. We call it the Tour de Fujitsu and we’re raising money for Streetbikes CIC. Frankly, I’m a bit worried about that one. I’ve driven over Holme Moss and remember it being pretty steep and long.
- Then, in August, I’m taking part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100, retracing the steps of the 2012 Olympic road race.
Oh yes, and I’m going to be a Tour de France Tourmaker too… but that’s not on my bike!